Queer and trans embodiment in south asian cinema
My beautiful Laundrette (1985) - based on a screenplay written by Hanif Kureishi, depicts an interracial relationship between two men. â€˜Subversiveâ€™ gay scene: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11fuauRKFBk
Flesh and Paper and Khush (1990s) by Pratibha Parmar
Fire (1996) by Deepa Mehta: It was one of the first mainstream Bollywood films to explicitly show homosexual relations. After its 1998 release in India, certain groups staged several protests, setting off a flurry of public dialogue around issues such as homosexuality and freedom of speech.
Queer & trans South Asian representation in cinema
Arekti Premer Golpo (2010) (English: Just Another Love Story) is a 2010 India drama film directed by Bengali filmmaker Kaushik Ganguly and stars Rituparno Ghosh. This film is the first film on homosexuality to be shot after the decriminalisation of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code.
Amra ki Etoi Bhinno (Bangladesh, 2012): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4uFDUt RUTY Poshida, Hidden LGBT Pakistan (2015): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1FhJM woUKw
Queer & trans representation in south asian cinema history
Margarita with a Straw Queerness meets disability in this moving Indian-American film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HERxprV6BxE Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDh7n6bte-c
Private Dick (D’ Lo-2017) Episode 2: “Buying Dick” Queer and Trans South Asian humor:
Queer Pakistan and Western Diaspora Pinkwashing and the Gay Muslim South Asian subject How Gay is Pakistan?
Romcom on Queer Muslim Pakistani sexuality: Signature Move by Fawzia Mirza
Still images from the films
Sexuality, Gender and Caste in Film: Queer/Trans super(s)hero animation:
Still image from film
What types of character representations in film help or hinder the conversations that are occurring on South Asian queerness and transgender issues?
What has your experiences been within your own communities in witnessing queer and trans issues in the arts and also in your artistic practices?
What can we do as a collective in NYC to challenge current conventions in south asian queer/trans representations?